My son started going to Franklin since last year and has been happy and excited. The new principle Mr. Cho is committed and passionate, and I fully trust him to address the ongoing growth challenges faced by the school. The teachers we met are all amazingly dedicated. The PTA is well organized and sponsor a lot of fun activities from after curriculum to family night out. I cannot say enough good things about the school
I feel like the school should give you more freedom. They still make you line up outside in class order until your teacher comes outside to meet you. I understand for the younger kids, but for your last year of elementary school? That is insane! They should allow the older kids to go to their classroom all by themselves.
The student-led goal setting conferences have empowered my son to think and plan clearly for the year, and to celebrate success in achieving his goals. The teachers have been available and flexible in managing any issues that come up, academically or socially.
UPDATE: I previously posted and wanted to provide my opinion of the new school year thus far. First, the new Principal, Ms. Fricke, seems great. She is visible and available and seems to have a good rapport with both parents and children. I noticed on the 1st day of school, she was even addressing some children by their first names! Secondly, regarding my issue with bullying, the respecitve parties (new teachers and staff) were made aware of the previous situation prior to the new school year beginning. I certainly appreciate the work that the school counselor did over the summer to inform the the new teachers of the previous conflicts between the two children; so that both children can start off the new school year on good footing and hopefully succeed without the past years' issues continuing.
Our kids have gone to this school since kindergarten (going on 5 years now). While reading the previous comments (both good and bad) I can safely say they are all true. The teacher dedication and extra activities are great, however the teacher turnover has been over 50% in the 4 years we've been there. The parant envolvement is great depending on the class makeup. Some rooms have a lot, while others are somewhat baren. There is definately a bullying problem and the student dispersment seems rather odd with most of the troubled kids placed in the same class, while the other class room of the same grade has almost no problem children. Now the biggest complaint, class size. Lake Washington prides itself in being a high standard for education, however Franklin's class size is at 27 per classroom. Well above the national average.
My daughter is in the full time Quest program at Franklin. She has had a wonderful time and she has been challenged. The new building is not much to get excited about. It was built as an office building rather than evaluating what an elementary school needs. The paper supply is right next to the pottery kilm. Very noisy building. Three story dividing doors (Lunch room/Gym), without electricity the doors will not be able to move.